Responsibility for the management and maintenance of the local authority housing stock rests with each local authority under section 58 of the Housing Act 1966. My Department does however provide funding support to local authorities to assist with management and maintenance of their stock under a number of funding programmes, which includes the Energy Retrofit Programme.
The 2021 Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme is a newly revised Retrofit Programme and this is the first year of a ten year programme that is expected to grow to meet the Programme for Government retrofit commitment that calls for the 'retrofit' of 500,000 homes by 2030, of which, approximately 36,500 are expected to be local authority owned homes.
€65 million was made available in this year’s Budget for the Energy Retrofit Programme, €20m of which was allocated under the Midlands Retrofit Programme, leaving a balance of €45m available for allocation under the 2021 Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme.
I launched this new programme last month with an initial allocation of €35 million in funding for the retrofitting of 1,293 homes. The balance of €10m will be available for allocation to local authorities that submit a work programme for 2021 that demonstrates that they are in a position to complete additional works, meet their targets and spend their full allocation in 2021.